Sorry I’ve been so quiet the last couple of weeks, I’ve had 2 crappy dental procedures and a car problem. Apparently my last dentist was not so great so I had to have this super-duper cleaning procedure done.
For all of my droning on and on about meditation and how super amazing and beneficial it is, I don’t have a post just entitled ‘Meditation.’ It’s always ‘Meditation and…………’ I finally got around to emailing the one neurologist I like in this world. Here is the e-mail…..
“Hi Dr. T!
Do you recognize my name? I hope so! 🙂
I wanted to tell you something. After my stroke, I saw A LOT of doctors, a lot. You were the only one that listened to what I had to say and didn’t treat me like you were superior and knew better. The general consensus in the stroke survivor community is that if you have a stroke, you’re screwed. We feel neurologists can be very arrogant and after the initial period of a couple of months after injury, you’re on your own and no one is genuinely trying to help you. I know this because I write a blog that has become the go-to place as a resource for information and support for stroke survivors. I get emails and questions from people all over the entire world about things to do after a stroke.
I wrote about you after my last appointment with you and have recommended you to other stroke survivors.
Here is what I wrote…
Please, please, please start recommending meditation and breath work to your brain injury patients, please. There is a plethora of evidence about meditation and its effects on the brain and I can’t for the life of me understand why it is not part of mainstream medicine yet.
Please tell your patients that they need to meditate.”
I really don’t get it. Meditation has so much research to prove how good it is for the brain and how it helps with neuroplasticity, I really am flabbergasted that neurologists don’t recommend it. They shouldn’t just recommend it, it should be a standard for brain injury patients. Read this. We have a lot of work to do. Meditation belongs on doctors’ prescription pads, it shouldn’t be just a fleeting recommendation.